French Tarragon Roast Chicken

Recipe by Brian Holley
READY IN: 1hr 40mins




  • Heat oven to 180c.
  • Season the body cavity with the salt and pepper, add 1.5 oz butter, and 1 tsp of the tarragon. Close the cavity with a skewer or toothpick.
  • Use the remaining butter to spread over the breast of the bird. Cover with large piece greaseproof paper.
  • Place the bird on a rack over the roasting dish and add 2 cups of water. Cook for 1.5 hours or till juices run clear.
  • In the meantime, mix the remaining tarragon in a saucepan with the 2 remaining cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer till the liquid has reduced by half.
  • With a little water mix the cornstarch to a thin paste and whisk into the tarragon water to thicken it to make a sauce.
  • Remove the bird from the pan and set aside.
  • Whisk the liquid from the roasting pan into the sauce and add the cream.
  • Pour some of the sauce over the bird.
  • Serve the remaining sauce separately.
  • Serve with boiled potatoes, glazed carrots and runner beans.